In his early years as an engineer, Hans worked in various industries like the Ministry of Defence, Damen Shipyards and Poly Marin. "I have engineered all kinds of components for yachts, planes and vehicles, and it was incredibly interesting". Hans realised there was massive potential for composites in different markets. Then and there, he decided to start his own business.
In the early days of Solico, the company was still called Muller Consultancy. Many transport companies, aircraft manufacturers and shipyards also became customers. "In these sectors, it is vital to reduce weight; a lighter vehicle is faster or can carry more cargo. Composite is an excellent choice for this purpose", according to Hans. The number of projects grew, and other ambitious engineers joined Solico in the early nineties.
Today, Solico consists of a group of highly motivated and skilled engineers. According to Hans, all employees have a collective strength: "A large part of the team have been working together for many years. All are highly dedicated, and there's little hierarchy among the people", Hans continues: "Everyone is eager and motivated, and the whole team is highly educated. That makes for a golden combination."
Hans closes the story: "Our sound theoretical knowledge is a solid base to work from, and combined with our practical experiences of composites, we can rapidly answer all queries related to the structural performance of composites."
Hans is currently enjoying his retirement doing what he loves the most. Spending time with his family, playing golf and sailing.
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